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The Gadgets Discography Tracks


The Gadgets Gadgetree (Album) Final Solution UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Gadgets Love, Curiosity, Freckles & Doubt (Album) Final Solution UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Gadgets Blue Album (Album) Glass Records (2) UK 1983 Sell This Version
PLAS LP 007 The Gadgets The Fruits Of Akeldama(LP, Album) Plastic Head Records Limited PLAS LP 007 UK 1986 Sell This Version
The Gadgets Infantree (Album) Plastic Head Records Limited UK 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Gadgets We Had No Way Of Knowing Glass Records (2) UK 1983 Sell This Version


GLAMC 006 The Gadgets Blue Album + Gadgetfree(Cass, Comp) Glass Records (2) GLAMC 006 UK 1983 Sell This Version


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October 4, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
The Gadgets are somewhat a mystery band to any official refference regarding their former key members - of which, Matt Johnson (The The afficionado) and Colin Lloyd Tucker (later to work with Kate Bush and Simon Turner) might bring this band finally for deserved attention. The Gadgets operated from around the late 70s throughout the 80s, but their essential work remains that of the early stage; three crucial albums, each a masterpiece - 'Gadgetree' (1979) and 'Love, Curiosity, Freckles & Doubt' (1980) seem to play at specific, explicit electronic tuning based around simple ideas and dark matters, invocated by Tuckers phenomenal vocal range. 'The Blue Album' (1983) is the crown of it all, a brilliant satire, ultimate pop album for the Gadgets using far more real instruments remaining a unique study in what Bowie would simply kill for. The line-up of The Gadgets was most of the time inconsistent - both Tucker and Johnson (besides the third original member John Hide) never contributed to any of the later releases - a weaker offering 'The Fruits of Ackledama' (1986) continues the group's charming pace (especially the opening number 'The Crazies') but Tucker's presence is obviously missing for the new vocalist tries hard in preserving the theatric feel of the group's earlier work while at the same time 'Fruits' is a bit clumsy, pretentious dance-orientated record that has more to do with Dead Or Alive than the avant-garde.

However obscure they might seem, The Gadgets is a must for anyone interested in this side of The Residents - Plastic Head Records did release these in digital format, so their discography is way well-worth a possesion.

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